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Thu, 21 Sep 2017

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Meghalaya People’s Committee Opposes Aadhaar Enrolment Drive

Meghalaya People’s Committee Opposes Aadhaar Enrolment Drive
May 17
17:20 2017

The Meghalaya People’s Committee on Aadhaar on Wednesday asked the state government to stop Aadhaar enrolment drive and to withdraw such activities with immediate effect.

In a letter to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma after reports suggested that Aadhaar enrolment would resume from this month in East Khasi Hills district, reminded Dr Sangma about the Supreme Court’s interim order that Aadhaar is not “mandatory” for getting benefits under the welfare schemes.

The People’s Committee noted that a constitutional bench of the apex court is considering the legal validity of Aadhaar on the ground of right to privacy.

“The issue of citizenship after last year’s amendment to Citizenship Act of 1955 together with Aadhaar enrolment can – instead of providing security to genuine Indian citizens – cause more social instability, thereby creating law and order problem due to apprehension of general public,” Rev. P.B.M. Basaiawmoit, one of the committee members, said in the letter.

Mr Basaiawmoit claimed that people have reservations against Aadhaar enrolment and pointed out that until Sunday, enrolment of Aadhaar by Meghalaya residents is only 2,78,906, that is nine per cent of its over 30 lakh population.

“It would be unethical to push or persuade people of the state to go for Aadhaar enrolment through various ways and means or indirect mandatory approach through educational institutions and unorganised labour sector besides misinformation,” he stated. Mr Basaiawmoit said, along with Assam and Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, too, has been exempted from producing Aadhaar numbers and this should be highlighted and made known at all levels. The committee also demanded “public hearings” before Aadhaar enrolment.

UNI

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